“To promote learning and serving in community through the student Labor Program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done.”

-The Fourth Great Commitment of Berea College

The Student Labor Program at Berea is based on an understanding and expectation of labor as student- and learning-centered; as service to the College and broader community, and as providing necessary work (i.e. work that needs to be done) being done well.  Students, faculty, and staff at Berea are engaged in a continuous learning environment that encourages all workers to be active learners, workers, and servers, in a place where the Christian values of human compassion, dignity, and equality are expressed and lived.  Therefore Berea expects each worker to:

  • Exhibit Enthusiasm for Learning
  • Act with Integrity and Caring
  • Value all People
  • Work as a Team
  • Serve Others
  • Encourage Plain and Sustainable Living
  • Celebrate Work Well done

These Workplace Expectations, coupled with the institution’s mission to educate the whole person, complements academic learning, builds community through shared work, and prepares the student for entry into a life of work after graduation.

All students participate in an evaluation process. Evaluation promotes student learning and professional development in the workplace, establishes standards consistent with the Workplace Expectations and Labor Learning Goals, creates a documented work performance history for each student, and fulfills Berea College and federal compliance guidelines.

Tools: A Guide to the Labor Program

The Labor Program Office is pleased to introduce this new publication to all campus constituents and to friends and supporters of the Berea College Student Labor Program.

This comprehensive guide is one of many initiatives stimulated by the 2000-2001 Labor Review as a means of bringing greater accessibility and consistency to a program valued for its breadth and diversity.

We hope this guide will answer many of your questions concerning the nature of student work at Berea College, and we hope you will approach us with any questions that remain.

The Labor Team

Berea College Labor Program Guide